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Website Accessibility Policy

Our commitment and approach to maintaining an accessible website

Our practice is committed to providing a website that is accessible to the widest possible audience, regardless of technology or ability. We have made every effort to make our website accessible and easy to use by following the available standards and guidelines.

Website standards

Our website seeks to conform with Worldwide Web Consortium (W3C) Web Content Accessibility Guidelines. In that regard, this website seeks to comply with Level AA and Level AAA compliance, as practicable.

Accessibility features of this website

  • Screen readers – To assist our visitors who are visually impaired or blind, our website is compatible with screen reading software.
  • Code Compliance – This site was built using code compliant with W3C standards for HTML and CSS. Standards compliant code means that the site displays correctly in current browsers and ensures that it will display correctly in future browsers.
  • Text Alternative – With the exception of decorative imagery, all non-text content presented to the user has a text alternative that serves the equivalent purpose. Screen readers can then present this alternate information to the user in place of the image.
  • ARIA Landmarks – We use ARIA landmarks to identify regions of the page allowing those with screen readers to jump to different sections of the page.
  • Skip to Main Content – Our pages all contain a skip to main content link allowing users to jump directly to the page’s main content, avoiding the header content from being read aloud repeatedly.
  • Accessible Forms – Our forms have the proper markup to associate labels with their form controls making it easier for screen readers to present the form information to the user.
  • Headings and Lists – We use the proper markup for headings and lists, i.e. h1-h6 and ol, ul and dl for lists. Heading markup will allow assistive technologies to present the heading status of text to a user. A screen reader can recognize the code and announce the text as a heading with its level, beep or provide some other auditory indicator. Some assistive technologies allow users to navigate from list to list or item to item.
  • CSS – We use CSS to control visual presentation of text. This will allow users to modify, via the user agent, the visual characteristics of the text to meet their requirement. The text characteristics include aspects such as size, color, font family and relative placement.
  • Resizing Text – Text can be resized without assistive technology up to 200 percent without loss of content or functionality.
  • Raster Images – We avoid the use of text in raster images, this allows user agents to read aloud any text on the page and apply custom style sheets to make the text more legible.
  • Keyboard Interface – The site is designed with consideration for people unable to use a mouse. The website can be navigated using your computer’s keyboard or by using other assistive devices. All functionality of the content is operable through a keyboard interface without requiring specific timings for individual keystroked. When all functionality of content can be operated through a keyboard or keyboard interface, it can be operated by those with no vision as well as by those who must use alternate keyboards or input devices that act as keyboard emulators like speech input software or on-screen keyboards.
  • Flashing Content – Web pages do not contain anything that flashes more than three times in any one second period, or the flash is below the general flash and red flash thresholds. These effects are known to cause seizures if the flashes are bright and large enough.
  • Page Titles – Our web pages have titles that describe topic or purpose. Descriptive titles help users find content, orient themselves within it, and navigate through it. A descriptive title allows a user to easily identify what Web page they are using and to tell when the Web page has changed. The title can be used to identify the Web page without requiring users to read or interpret page content. Users can more quickly identify the content they need when accurate, descriptive titles appear in site maps or lists of search results. When descriptive titles are used within link text, they help users navigate more precisely to the content they are interested in.
  • Locating Content – More than one way is available to locate a Web page within a set of Web pages. We provide breadcrumbs, and site maps. This makes it possible for users to locate content in a manner that best meets their needs. Users may find one technique easier or more comprehensible to use than another.
  • Highlighting – The majority of our web site components allow for highlighting by the user agent when they receive focus.
  • Default Language – The default human language of each Web page can be programmatically determined. Speech synthesizers that support multiple languages will be able to orient and adapt to the pronunciation and syntax that are specific to the language of the page, speaking the text in the appropriate accent with proper pronunciation.
  • Component Focus – When any of our components receive focus, they do not initiate a change of context, i.e. forms submitted automatically when a component receives focus, new windows launched when a component receives focus.
  • Consistent Navigation – We have a consistent navigation across our web pages. This technique makes the placement of navigational components more predictable.
  • Form Input Errors – In forms, if an input error is automatically detected, the item that is in error is identified and the error is described to the user in text.
  • Proper Coding – Elements have complete start and end tags, elements are nested according to their specifications, elements do not contain duplicate attributes, and any IDs are unique. These errors that are known to cause problems for assistive technologies when they are trying to parse content which involve having opening and closing tags that are not used according to specification.
  • Portable Document Format (PDFs) – Some documents on this website are in PDF format. You need Adobe Acrobat to open these files. You can download Acrobat for free. Download Adobe Acrobat.

Exceptions

While we strive to adhere to the accepted guidelines and the highest standards for accessibility and usability, it is not always possible to do so in all areas of the website.

Future Efforts

We are currently working to achieve Level AA and Level AAA conformance to the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0, as practicable.

How to send feedback on this website’s accessibility

We welcome feedback on the accessibility of this website or if, for any reason, you are unable to access any part of this website, please contact us immediately.

Email us at:
info@kennedyvision.com

Phone us at:
763-545-8850

Write to us at:
10600 Old County Rd. 15
Plymouth MN

To Our Valued Patients:

As an essential business, Kennedy Vision Health Center remains committed to patient and employee safety as we navigate through the current healthcare crisis. We are going to see patients again beginning May 4th.  We care deeply about patient health and have implemented several infection prevention measures to ensure the highest level of safety when you visit our clinic.  Following guidance from  the MN Dept. of Labor, MN Dept. of Health, CDC, and the American Optometric Association we are keeping a very controlled and safe environment for our patients and employees.

For patients being seen in our clinic, the CDC is now recommending that all staff, patients and visitors cover their faces in health care facilities. To help reduce the spread of COVID-19, we are requiring patients to bring and wear a face covering (such as protective mask or cloth covering) to any upcoming appointments.

Masks or cloth coverings must be worn over your mouth and nose for the duration of your appointment. Members of your care team will also wear masks to help reduce the spread of COVID-19. If you do not have access to a face covering, the CDC website has guidelines for making no-sew, cloth face coverings. You can also use a scarf or bandana. Additionally, masks can be purchased from many local and online retailers.

We are requiring an appointment to enter the office.  Appointments will be made for eye exams, glasses, and contact lens pickups.  If you do not have an appointment please call before entering so we can make sure we do not have too many people in the office.  Once entering please use the hand sanitizer that is provided in the foyer and wait to approach the front desk until the receptionist is ready.  All people entering the building must have their temperature checked.  If your temperature is above 100.4, it will be rechecked by a different device, and if still high you will need to reschedule.

We continue to ask that you do not bring any unnecessary people with you to your appointment, with the exception of a guardian with a child or assistance with mobility.  Also, please follow the 6 feet social distancing guidelines as much as possible throughout the office.

Rest assured that every surface you come into contact with has been sanitized prior to the arrival of each and every patient entering our practice, and it will be cleaned again as you exit each area. The team will be frequently washing their hands between interactions as per our usual protocol, and you’ll also see hand sanitizer throughout the practice for your use, as well.

If you’re  wanting to purchase glasses, there is a similar protocol in place to ensure a safe interaction with cleaning of frames and minimal contact with our optical team. Please follow their direction if eyewear is needed.

Kennedy Vision Health Center is also offering telemedicine visits which can be completed from the comfort of your home. To schedule a telemedicine visit please contact our office at 763-545-8850 and one of our team members will be happy to schedule your visit.

If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to call us. On Monday May 4th we will begin regular office hours at both locations.

We appreciate your efforts to help protect yourself, our care teams and our entire community.